Funeral services for Leonard Huston Prater Jr., 49, of Manchester will be conducted Saturday, July 25 at 3 p.m. at Coffee County Funeral Chapel with Bob Deason and Forrest Creekmore officiating. Interment will follow at Shady Grove Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Mr. Prater passed away Wednesday, July 22 at Alive Hospice in Nashville.
He was born April 22, 1966 in Cannon County, the son of Leonard Huston Prater Sr., and Betty Bowen Prater. Affectionately known by family and friends as both nicknames “Scoot” and “Pup,” he graduated from Coffee County Central High School in 1984. He was employed with Shoney’s in Columbia, Tullahoma and Manchester. He also worked with his uncle at Jim Bob Prater Electric for a short time before attending IBEW 429 Apprenticeship where he graduated after four years with the title journeyman/wireman. Upon graduation, he was employed with AEDC and then eventually, was employed as an instructor at TCAT-Shelbyville in the field of industrial electricity. Huston’s hobbies included watching old Western movies. He was a John Wayne fan; he also enjoyed NASCAR and was a Jeff Gordon fan. He had a passion for the Tennessee Vols and was known as a “VFL” Vol for Life and he enjoyed watching the Tennessee Titans. In earlier years he also enjoyed turkey hunting. His family and ever-growing group of close-knit friends were always the most important things in his life.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, H.K. “Ki” Bowen and Wilma Jean Smith Bowen; and paternal grandparents, Joe Prater and Emma Lee Youngblood Prater.
In addition to his parents, Leonard Huston Prater Sr., and Betty Bowen Prater, heis survived by his loving son, Houston Tyler Prater of Knoxville; brother and sister-in-law John Thomas Prater and wife Elizabeth of Brentwood; and sister Brandi Bowen Prater Harmon of Manchester; four nieces and nephews, John Mitchell Bowen Prater, Scarlett Elizabeth Prater, Trace David Harmon and Isla Elizabeth Prater. Also surviving are aunts and uncles, Mary Louise Duvall and husband, David; Jim Bob Prater and wife, Johnnie; and Betty Jo Brewer; and a host of other relatives and loving friends.
Memorial contributions may be made in memory of Huston Prater to Alive Hospice, 1710 Patterson Street, Nashville, 37203. Online condolences may be made at www.coffeecountyfuneralchapel.com.
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
(McMinnville, Tenn.) July 24, 2015